Dancing Bare is an amusing, thoughtful and informative tale about Rigby, an impossibly innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle class New Zealand for love and liberation in nineteen-sixties London and Europe. Revelling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, stripper, rent boy, lover, teacher and dedicated traveller through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, where travellers were uncommon and countries still retained many of the differences that made travelling so interesting.
Rigby meets with a wide variety of people, life styles and customs, eventually settling in Paris where the state did not consider his sexuality to be a criminal offence.
A moving and amusing story of hope and love, sex and sexuality, theatrical showmanship and artless innocence, laced with a little philosophical speculation as he wanders the world in pursuit of true love.
Really enjoyed this book. Able to pick up n drop off at any point. He tells a tale similar to that of wandering down a winding path - stopping off here n there to look at a flower and then continuing on with story. Dancing bare but also baring all - so brave to just tell it as it was. Made me laugh out loud, made my heart sing and stomach churn. An eye opener to another’s life - how generous and brave of him to share. I’ve enjoyed his observations on life - what it means to be alive and following your inner voice rather than ‘fall in’ with everyone else. I really loved him by the end and I’m so pleased he found contentment. Thank you lovely Rigby
Elegant, inspiring and written with a beautiful, light touch
An Insightful book that reveals a world few have experienced or even knew existed. I'm not a huge history or geography fan, yet this vivid book stirred an interest in history and geography that had me reaching for a computer to google the places I was " seeing" and "visiting.
Few writers can write without there ego's blotting out the essence of their creation but in my opinion Rigby Taylor has managed to.
In parts moving, hilarious, shocking but always enlightening.
Not having read a book in years, I was intrigued by the title and cover. From the very first page I was fixed. Truly wonderful book. Shame I can't find out anything on the net about the author .